Rajasthan is one of the main attraction for every tourist who visit India. The various forts, the colourful dresses, the exotic festivals, the folk music attract visitors like magnet. Rajasthan, known as the land of kings also welcomes tourists with its colourful and spectacular fairs. One such fair is the Chandrabhaga fair.
Chandrabhaga fair is held every year in the month of Kartik(October/ November) in the sleepy town of Jhalrapatan 6 kms away from Jhalawar. The festival is marked by lighting diyas in the bank of Chandrabhaga river and a big cattle fair.
This year (2011) the festival is being held between 9th to 11th November. Pilgrims and tourists from all over India come to offer their prayers and take part in the fair.
Legend of chandrabhaga fair
The chandrabagha fair is celebrated in honour of the Sun God. According to Hindu mythology Shambhu, son of Lord Krishna was cured of leprosy by the Sun God in this place and ever since this place has became a holy place for Hindus.
The fair starts on full moon night known as Kartik Purnima with devotees lighting diyas and candles on the bank of river Chandrabhaga and offer their prayers to the Sun God. The river bank is bathed with light and the scene is quite majestic. People bathe in the river and especially in a spot known as Chandravati. It is believed that bathing in the river on this day will purify one's soul and remove illness from body.
From the second day onwards the cattle fair begins in a large ground. People from the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra come to this fair to trade their cattle. Cows, buffaloes, horses, camels etc. are brought from different places and bought and sold in the fair. This fair provides a good opportunity for the farmers to sell and buy cattle at a fairly reasonable price.
Various tourists too come and visit this fair every year and this provides them with an opportunity to understand and appreciate the people and culture of this region.
Other tourist places worth visiting around Jhalawar are-
How to reach Jhalawar
You can buy various exotic items in Jhalawar. The cane baskets hand crafted by skilled artists, the hand printed colorful dresses, stone images are some of the items which one can buy as a souvenir.
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